Category Archives: EVENTS

Silver Meadows Harvest Festival – tons of fun for everyone

Silver Meadows Farm in Errington is one of those cherished local institutions that draws support from area residents for a whole bunch of reasons.  For many, it is the excellent fresh produce (especially the corn!) that comes off its fields … Continue reading

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Qualicum’s Uptown Summer Market

What can be lovelier on a soft summer evening than a relaxed outdoor market in a beautiful setting, topped up with live music and talented vendors?  There isn’t much that tops an experience like that, and we recently enjoyed such … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Jane Austen Festival

While the central Island community of Port Alberni is busy reinventing itself, morphing from a fishing and logging town to a paradise for lovers of the outdoors, another group of promoters has something entirely different in mind.  In fact, their … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach’s Father’s Day Show ‘n Shine attracts fans (and cars) of all ages for a great day of family fun

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of things vehicular.  But every year in mid-June I am drawn to the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach for the annual Seaside Cruizers Father’s Day Show ‘n Shine – … Continue reading

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Family fun and feasting at Qualicum Beach’s Fire and Ice Street Festival

A little bit of madness will hit the streets of the village of Qualicum Beach on Saturday, April 30 when the 22nd annual Fire and Ice Street Festival gets under way. Upwards of 5,000 people flock to the village centre’s … Continue reading

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Pure, sweet maple syrup – Island style

Most of us are familiar with the sweet, sticky substance called maple syrup, which traditionally is harvested from sugar maples in eastern Canada.  But a new (and very delicious) product – bigleaf maple syrup – is being discovered and promoted … Continue reading

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Haig-Brown Festival honours two lives well-lived

It’s not the biggest or most impressive event on Vancouver Island, but the Haig-Brown Festival held each September in Campbell River resonates for the plain and simple fact that it is dedicated to paying tribute to a pair of local luminaries … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Pirates Day is all about the kids

The following feature is an ‘encore’ presentation, originally published after the 2014 Kids Pirates Day. We are publishing it early this year so parents (or grandparents) can plan to take the kids in their family (little and big, young or old) … Continue reading

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Forces of nature combine to create unique magic in the annual Spring herring fishery

There is a magic that descends on both the east and west coasts of the Island late in February or early in March each year.  There is no set date, nor agenda. It is, for those who know about it, … Continue reading

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The reason for the season brought to life at Bethlehem Walk

  Ask anyone in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area about the best festive season attractions in Oceanside and the Bethlehem Walk is sure to be near the top of their list of ‘must do’.  This amazing spectacle is built and manned … Continue reading

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